As the last year in primary school, we are really important! This is the year where we take on more responsibility and become a member of a subject team – our opinions and ideas are vital to the development of our school. As the oldest children in the school we lead by example in all that we do from our behaviour to our learning. Of course, we are also ready to relish the challenge of KS2 SATs at the end of the year!
This term our main focus of learning is ‘The Terrible Trenches’. In this topic we’ll be focusing on life during World War 1 to coincide with the centenary of this major historical event. In particular, we’ll be learning about key events before and during the war – both home and away – and we’ll be exploring what life would have been like through the medium of art.
In year 6, our children have the opportunity to take part in a residential trip to London at the end of May. This is a really exciting trip that involves watching a West End show (fingers crossed for School of Rock!), a ride on the London Eye, a visit to the Houses of Parliament and one of the amazing large museums.
Your child should be reading every night, aloud to an adult as well as reading to themselves. Children should have both a non-fiction and fiction reading book at all times and please remember to sign the reading record when you hear them read!
Spellings are assessed on a daily basis through games and in their writing, and it’s great to practice these at home whenever you get the opportunity too.
Children having a rapid recall of times tables and associated division facts is also a must. Periodically we’ll send home activities or signpost resources that will support children with mathematics, particularly ones that help children feel prepared for their end of KS2 tests.
Your child will be given a STAR learning homework grid at the start of each term, with a range of project-based learning activities for your child to do at home. This is to give all children the opportunity to shine and get excited by learning, in whichever area their strengths are. You can help as much or as little as you like – ven grannies and grandads can get involved!
We ask children to bring in their STAR learning throughout the term so that we can celebrate and share it in the class. Many star learning projects are so brilliant they even get a Head Teacher’s Award which will mean five additional tokens for their team class award.